John Bone: For once, I’m on the side of bureaucracy
It goes without saying that the education of children is a paramount duty of parents and the state. But in order to achieve it, both parents and state must behave reasonably, not make that education unreasonably hard to reach. This is why we should examine carefully the case of the Soham mother, Anna Davies, newly arrived from Northamptonshire with her three school-age children and a fourth aged only nine weeks. Miss Davies applied for three school places on August 7 and was dismayed when two were still unplaced as the school year began.